Mark James Larson
Office Hours: Weekly offfice advising appointments are available during Fall and Winter semesters. Please call (313) 577-0902 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Larson also provides academic advise and answers questions via email, Skype, and phone.
- Ph.D. University of Washington (Seattle, Washington), 1998, Education, Special Education
- M.Ed. University of Washington, 1982, Early Childhood Special Education
- B.A. University of Washington, 1979, Social Welfare
Dr. Mark Larson is from the Seattle, Washington area where he taught and worked with young children and their families in a variety of settings (center-based community childcare, father-infant interaction programs, preschool-early elementary grades). Prior to 1996 when he became a faculty member in the College of Education, Dr. Larson was project coordinator of the Consortium for Collaborative Research on Social Relationships: Inclusive Schools and Communities for Children and Youth with Diverse Abilities, School of Education, Syracuse University, a U.S. Department of Education funded National Research Institute.
Dr. Larson is a faculty member in Teacher Education and Program Coordinator for Early Childhood General and Special Education. He is faculty advisor in the Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) programs and the Infant Mental Health Dual Title graduate programs.
Assessment and instructional practices for young children, particularly those with developmental delays or disabilities within inclusive and natural settings and parent-professional partnerships to design relationship-based, educational interventions for young children.
Area of Expertise
Educational interventions grounded in Behavior Analysis (BA); Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) for young children; and, participatory, single-case research methods.
Educational interventions for young children with disabilities, particularly applied, language and social communication interventions for children that aim to increase those children's social connectedness in relationships and their engagement in general curriculum activities across natural and inclusive settings.
- ELE 6010 Family Centered Collaboration in Early Intervention and Special Education
- ELE 6020 Seminar In Early Childhood
- ELE 6040 Role of Content Areas in Early Childhood Education
- ELE 7020 Issues in Early Childhood Education
- SED 6030 ASD: Educational Interventions
- SED 6040 Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education
- SED 6021 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Community Engagement Activities
Dr. Larson's Service Activities Include:
Executive Committee Member, Wayne State University, College of Education Faculty and Staff Assembly, 2010-2012, 2012-2014, 2014-2016.
Chairperson and Member of the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council (MICC) for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities, 2007-2011, Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Services, Michigan Department of Education; Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, (IDEiA, 2004) mandated state advisory body for Part C services; originally appointment by Governor John M. Engler, and then, re-approinted by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm.
President, Michigan Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators for 2007-2009, 2009-2011; Michigan chapter of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Vice-President, Michigan Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators for 2005-2007.
Ex-Officio Member of Michigan State Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Office of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, Michigan Department of Education; Individual with Disabilities Improvement Act (2004) mandated state advisory body for IDEiA Part B services, representing Institutes of Higher Education Advisory Committee (IHE), 1998-2011.
Secretary, Wayne State University, College of Education Faculty and Staff Assembly: 1997-1999.